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Care In The Community

Story: Brooke Jacobson | Photo: Bruce Redman
Published On : May 26, 2022
Care In The Community
A new way of caring for others has opened at Sandgate. Nexus Care is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help those looking for a fresh start.

The charity has been running for 11 years based at Everton Park, and manager Josh Plumb said they were delighted to have opened a second location in Sandgate.

“We’re about helping the journey of individuals and families to find a fresh start,” he said.

“There are two things we do – firstly, initial relief in the form of nutritious food parcels; and secondly, financial support alongside mentoring, or coaching.

“We have a community-based nutritionist to provide balanced and healthy food parcels – they’re good for the budget, good for the family, and you will be able to make complete, healthy meals with them.”

Josh added they had funding from the Department of Social Services to offer financial help and advice.

“Longer term, we provide the tools to help people get back on their feet,” he said.

“We find that the initial food parcel helps people lift their head beyond the crisis of the day, and then our coaching and mentoring comes in and we tailor our programs there to help people individually.

“We help people get a fresh start, it’s a holistic program that restores hope.”

In March 2020, Nexus Care experienced a 40 per cent rise in demand for their services, which continued until the end of 2021.

Josh said the past two years had been difficult for many, and Nexus Care were committed to making a difference in Sandgate.

“We had already been working a lot with SANDBAG, complementing some of their services and collaborating with them on others,” he said.

“Everton Park will remain our main office, but we realised people had been travelling to us from other areas and that has been steadily increasing. We had already committed to coming to Sandgate before the recent flooding.”

Josh added Nexus Care were “starting small” in Sandgate, with walk-ins for food parcels welcome on Thursdays from 11am to 2pm, and financial help available by appointment.

Nexus Care is at:
37 Brighton Road, Sandgate
(on the corner of Third Avenue).

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